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    Default Re: Installing additional language: Syriac

    Here's a list of available languages for KDE: KDE Localization - Translation Teams AFAICS there's not Syriac (unless it's called otherwise). If you have the Ubuntu package (though I wonder where that would come from) you could attempt to rebuild the deb package to an rpm using "alien".
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2013-09-15 22:56, Brahma-Vihara wrote:
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    > So what are my options? Can I be of any help upstream to remedy the
    > situation? Can I do the work, even though I don't know language? Is it a
    > lot of work (maybe I can convince my friend to do it, if it's not time
    > consuming)?


    It is a lot of work for one person, not worth it unless someone pays
    you, or you are very, very, very interested.

    How to do it?

    Well, you have to add yourself (or your friend) to several projects. For
    the translation of openSUSE software (YaST and a few things more) you
    have to create a new language under the openSUSE translator "project"
    (link on my first post here). There is a mail list where contributors
    talk. I contribute there.

    Then for the translation of KDE, you have to join the equivalent KDE
    group. Gnome has another group, etc. Firefox, OpenOffice
    (Libreoffice?)... each have their own teams, and their own method of
    applying translations to code.

    ...<snip>...

    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)
    Okay, that is indeed a liiiittle more work than what I had in mind
    Thanks again though for the help you've put in writing the above!

    My friend speaks English, so I believe he would be happy with the English version of openSUSE/KDE as long as he can connect and use his Syriac keyboard. Would mapping the keyboard layout to the Syriac alphabet be a manageable project for one person. If so what would it take? Should I visit the kde's translation group or is it another group altogether that manages keybord layouts?

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    Default Re: Installing additional language: Syriac

    On 2013-09-22 23:46, Brahma-Vihara wrote:
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    > robin_listas;2585369 Wrote:



    > Okay, that is indeed a liiiittle more work than what I had in mind
    > Thanks again though for the help you've put in writing the above!


    Welcome.
    Yes, I know, it is a lot of work for one person.
    It needs a team, rather several teams if you want to translate it all.
    One person could perhaps do it, working full time.


    > My friend speaks English, so I believe he would be happy with the
    > English version of openSUSE/KDE as long as he can connect and use his
    > Syriac keyboard. Would mapping the keyboard layout to the Syriac
    > alphabet be a manageable project for one person. If so what would it
    > take? Should I visit the kde's translation group or is it another group
    > altogether that manages keybord layouts?


    Yes, I think one person could do it, but I don't know how. It is not a
    translation task, just a mapping job. I think you need one for text mode
    and another for graphical mode. I just don't know who does it.

    Now and then someone mentions changing the mapping of one key. An entire
    keyboard I don't remember seeing it.

    Er... is it just changing the position of letters, or does the language
    need its own letters? Because then you need also fonts for the display.
    If you are lucky they will already be in the UTF-8 set.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 12.3 x86_64 "Dartmouth" at Telcontar)

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    Default Re: Installing additional language: Syriac

    In KDE - Systemsettings - Input devices - Layouts - check Configure Layouts
    Next click Add and select Arabic (Syriac) from the list. Also have a look at the variants.

    Click Apply, and see what happens. From what it looks like Syriac is an Arabic layout.
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    Default Re: Installing additional language: Syriac

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    In KDE - Systemsettings - Input devices - Layouts - check Configure Layouts
    Next click Add and select Arabic (Syriac) from the list. Also have a look at the variants.

    Click Apply, and see what happens. From what it looks like Syriac is an Arabic layout.
    Yes, that's the winning ticket! Thank you so much Knurpht!! I did the above and the keyboard layout turned to Syriac. Now I'm off to tell my friend about the good news

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